LONDON: The first round of the 2013 Davis Cup could feature a matchup between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych, the man who beat him in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open two weeks ago.
Switzerland was paired against the Czech Republic in Wednesday's draw for the opening round of the World Group, setting up a potential match between two of the top players in the game.
Top-ranked Federer has a career 11-5 record against Berdych, but the No. 6 Czech defeated him in four sets at the U.S. Open. Berdych also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2010 and at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Switzerland will be at home for the Feb. 1-3 series. Federer does not always play in the early rounds of the Davis Cup.